|Design of a protected area for inter-nesting hawksbills in Barbados: an evidence-based approach
by Julian Walcott and Julia A Horrocks
To aid in the designation of a marine protected area for hawksbill sea turtles, Eretmochelys imbricata, nesting at one of the largest rookeries in the Wider Caribbean Region, Walcott and Horrocks elucidated key inter-nesting behaviors from published spatial, diving, and habitat utilization data, and the areas of overlap and potential conflict with uses of the coastal zone. Historically, much of the focus of conservation efforts for this species has been on protecting breeding females and their eggs from harvest, and more recently protection of nesting beaches. The relative value of adult females for population recovery makes this mature stage of their life-cycle one of high conservation priority.
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